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How to pick enemy names

Discussion in 'Game Design, Development And Publishing' started by CloseRange, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. CloseRange

    CloseRange Member

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    I am currently working on a game and I've reached one of the hardest parts of the design, story.

    My question is simple. I personally have several enemy/pets you can fight and capture and I need to come up with names for them.
    What do you guys think are good ways / methods to get good enemy / npc / pet names?

    The hard part for me is if I make it anything fantasy and unheard of I fell it will end up just being cringe.
     
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  2. curato

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    There are a good few name generators out there. Other than that, I like to fall back on latin myself or play on words or puns depending on the tone.
     
  3. RefresherTowel

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    That's actually one of my favourite parts of design. Something to keep in mind is that most names sound corny to begin with. As long as you don't lean too hard into making it look as weird and foreign as possible (unless that in itself is a part of the worldbuilding, for instance, aliens that can't make vowel sounds or something being named Kz'ltl, etc) then your players will get used to the names really quickly and they'll be completely normal. Remember, a band named Korn became -reeeeally- famous at one point. Korn...People can get used to anything. As long as there's a consistent thematic flow through your ideas, they'll usually be fine.

    Something I do when I'm really having a hard time is use a random name generator, but generate like 100 names or something, then whittle them down based on what feelings the names inspire. It usually only takes like half an hour or less and you'll be almost guaranteed to find something good.
     
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  4. Toque

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    I look at the picture and names just start coming. If you have a theme then I take theme words and play them.
    Yes some will cringe.


    I bet if you posted images and asked you would get tons of names from users.
     
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  5. pixeltroid

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    You can be as random as you want and literally make up names as long as they have a nice ring to them. For example, "Bowser" and "Goro".

    Or you can use words and names from mythology. For example, "Sheeva" and "Moloch" from the Mortal Kombat universe are taken from eastern and middle eastern mythology. "Shub-Niggurath" (the final boss of Quake 1) is taken from the Cthulu Mythology by H.P.Lovercraft.

    Or you just name your enemies on the basis of what they look like. For example, the "Spider mastermind" (Doom universe) is named that way simply because the robotic contraption it uses to walk with resembles a spider.
     
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  6. Toque

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    Spider type creature.

    Legtorus
    Vemitorus

    I guess I think like Pokemon
     
  7. sitebender

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    Give it a catchy name! Slasher, puncher, zapper. Or just a funny name. Slasher Sue, Whiskers McPunchy, Frank Zapper.
     
  8. Yal

    Yal GMC Memer GMC Elder

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    I feel like the best names describe something aptly, while still not being obvious enough that they come off as dull or uninspired.

    Bad names:
    • Ice Sword
    • Rabbit People
    • Fat Man
    • Brain Eater
    • Forest Land
    Improved versions that sound better:
    • Frostbrand
    • Harefae
    • Girthur
    • Mind Leecher
    • Orchard Kingdom
     
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  9. Cantavanda

    Cantavanda 〜Flower Prince〜

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    Good name's for characters:
    pizza
    fart dude
    triple cheeseburger
    Cantavanda 2
    darkslurper
    Jeff
    covfefe
    YAL
    1+1=3
    SoyBoy
    oppa le epic style
    iTunes speed's up UR intornet, download now from appel iFone's
    lil small
    ANGEL OF RAINING BLOOD AND ROTTEN FLESH SKIN MASK
    pure snot
    RANDOM DUMB FUCC
    Destroyer of Pargenant women
    rrkf'lkthg
    E-Girl
    JDFSKQMFJDSKQLMDKQLM
    monster
    Chad
    Geoff
    SPIDERS ARE SCARY
    Evil Man
    keyboard and mouse abuser
    VHSmon
    hand with only four fingers
    Avira Antivirus
    Bob Esponga
    EYEBALLMONSTER
    Sunglass Women
    game streamer
    Pukicha
    tarzaaan's
    "meme" template
    Jefe
     
  10. EvanSki

    EvanSki King of Raccoons

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    Choose("Engard the fable", "islnore the unholy", "girtith the old", "Harold", "bob the builder", "enemy", "man with a different opinion")
     
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  11. Niels

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    And if your are making a Japanese inspired game ALWAYS use the word Crimson instead of red ;)
     
  12. Nocturne

    Nocturne Friendly Tyrant Forum Staff Admin

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    https://www.seventhsanctum.com/index-name.php

    This is my go-to tool for everything name related (and quite a few other things too!). It's the most helpful and amazing site and you should check out the other generators available too. :)
     
  13. SilentxxBunny

    SilentxxBunny Epsilon

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    https://namelix.com/

    This is technically a tool for generating company names - but if you use descriptive keywords you'll probably get some decent "pet names" from it.

    PS: Even Pokémon has a few "cringe worthy" names in the mix.They don't ALL need to be exotic-sounding. ;)
     

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